Designing and testing a shaken baby syndrome prevention program - the period of PURPLE crying: Keeping babies safe in North Carolina

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Each year infants die or are permanently disabled at the hands of their caregivers by abusive head trauma, more commonly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Current medical research confirms the central role of infant crying in triggering shaking by caregivers; anecdotally, inconsolable crying is the most common explanation given by abusers. Although SBS prevention efforts have been initiated, most remain unevaluated. This article provides an overview of a 5-year, evidence-based SBS-prevention program called The Period of PURPLE Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina from a social marketing perspective. The project includes three components: (1) in-hospital education for parents of every newborn at all 86 hospitals=birthing centers in North Carolina; (2) reinforcement in community settings such as prenatal visits to health departments or well-child care visits to primary care providers; and (3) a media campaign.

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Cited Authors

  • Runyan, DK; Hennink-Kaminski, HJ; Zolotor, AJ; Barr, RG; Murphy, RA; Barr, M; Sullivan, K; Dougall, EK; Nocera, M

Published Date

  • December 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 2 - 24

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-4093

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-5004

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15245000903304635

Citation Source

  • Scopus